Construction at the Salt Lake City International Airport isn't all about jet bridges, concourses or tunnels. It's also about the aesthetics.
A large-scale art installation by Gordon Huether called, "The Falls," inspired by the waterfalls of Utah, is the newest feature among the airports 30,000 construction activities and projects.
The suspended sculpture cascades 65 feet from ceiling to floor. "Natural light creates colorful reflections and cast rainbow shadows", stated a social media post on Twitter on Wednesday.
The new airport roughly costs $3.6 billion and is only 61 days away from opening. A unique aspect to the facility is the art installations that have been planned from the beginning of the project that adds new 296.7 acres to the total airport acreage, which totals 4 million square feet.
Architects worked with artists to incorporate large-scale art installations as part of the airport's design. The theme of the art was a direct result of input from the community and passengers. Early surveys indicated the community wanted the beauty of the state brought indoors and reflected in the new facility.
Knowing this, the airport in cooperation with the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office and the Salt Lake City Arts Council have selected art that speaks to the spirit, culture, people and context of Utah, including the recent edition of The Falls.